Chakwera concedes whole Malawi govt system is corrupt: Delegates Chilima to deal with mafia-like criminal enterprise, restructure civil service

President Lazarus Chakwera  on Sunday conceded the public perception that Malawi government is like a crime scene of the mafia-like criminal enterprise, saying public sector reform is what the country needs and delegated the country’s second-in-command Saulos Chilima up a turbo-charged reforms to clean the system.

Chakwera: The rot in the government system goes deeper than Covid-19 funds.
Chilima  to make recommendations that  include a restructuring of the civil service

Chakwera said this on Sunday during his weekly briefing monitored on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) television as  Malawians are now keeping leaders on their toes to account for the K6.2 billion for the Covid-19 national response plan which is reported to have been misappropriated.

In his address, Chakwera said the rot in the government system goes deeper than Covid-19 funds.

“If we are going to root  out the problem of waste, abuse, and theft of public  resources, we must admit that these are behaviours that  have poisoned our values as a nation and have corroded  our entire government system,” said Chakwera.

The President said In fact over the past 27  years, the government system has been “rigged” with bad  or old laws, procedures, policies, and contracts that are  cleverly designed to not only facilitate waste, abuse, and  theft, but to also protect those who engage in these acts from being fired or prosecuted.

“The three government  systems through which this behaviour is perpetuated are  the system of allowances, the system of procurement,  and the system of civil servant’s employment contracts.

“These three systems are used by system insiders to loot  with impunity,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera reminded the nation that he spoke about  the looting scheme in the government  system in his  radio address of July 25th, 2020, less than  a month after he took office.

“My exact words on that  occasion were that based on last year’s report from the  Auditor General, ‘there is no Government Ministry,  Department, or Agency where the culture of impunity  for wastage, misappropriation, and theft is not  entrenched. And so we cannot afford to deal with  corruption selectively by focusing on the tip of the  iceberg. It is the whole system that is corrupt and  therefore it is the whole system we must clean up.’

“To clean up the system as a whole, we must conduct a  comprehensive review and overhaul of the three  government systems of allowances, of procurement, and  of employment contracts,” said Chakwera.

He said that is the public sector  reform that Malawi needs “most urgently”.

The President  therefore  announced that he has delegated  Vice-President, Chilima, in his capacity as  Minister of Public Sector Reforms, together with a  special Taskforce he will form in consultation with the Head of State,  to begin and prioritize a review of these three  government systems and submit recommendations for  their overhaul to his  office within three months.

“The  recommendations must include any legislative changes  we must make in our laws at one of the sittings of  Parliament this year so that our laws protect the  interests and resources of the public, not the rubble of  public servants who use broken systems to loot and use  bad laws and contracts to keep their jobs in the system  and keep looting.

“The recommendations must also  include a restructuring of the civil service to be more  efficient and of civil servants’ conditions of service so  that the good people in the system are well supported  and not able to use poor pay as an excuse for wasting,  abusing, and stealing public resources,” said the President.

Chakwera predicted that the “systemic  review and overhaul” will be resisted by so many who are  benefiting from the looting, including greedy politicians  from all political parties, greedy businesses from the  private sector, and greedy civil servants they partner  with inside the machinery.

“But it is a battle they will not  win,” warned Chakwera, adding “ they will not win because you, the Malawian people,  put me here to bring this kind of radical change, and  whether anyone likes it or not, change has come.”

Commentators say Chakwera spoke tough on Sunday, but that Malawians want less of flowery language and empty promises, they expect their leader to have few words and more action.

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Zorro
Zorro
5 months ago

Laz is correct and on point. After looking at the breakdown of sitting allowances from Covid Funds for Nankhumwa circulating on line, the whole system needs a complete overhaul_otherwise it is four steps forward and then five steps backward! Jesus!

Zwisto
Zwisto
5 months ago

FEDERALISM. Enough is enough.
“The North Remembers”

Kagwa
Kagwa
5 months ago

Chilima himself is a rubble to be cleared!

Che Jika
Che Jika
5 months ago

Wina watcheredwa apa lo!

Justice for all
Justice for all
5 months ago

No action Mr President nothing u will achieve on this let’s wait and see

Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma
5 months ago

Chilima chenjera uwu ndi msampha

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
5 months ago

Action Mr. President! Action!

Bahat Nyirenda
Bahat Nyirenda
5 months ago

The only way to deal with corruption is to kill it shoot everyone who is corrupt bring them to Bingu stadium and shoot them in front of the whole national televised on national TVs and aired on every radio station then everyone will be afraid to be corrupt

Van Der Veen
Van Der Veen
5 months ago

SKC Chilima, do not be a mug, and accept assignments from Chakwera which are intended to destroy your reputation. Chakwera is smart he associates you with trying to eradicate corruption or to reform sectors, when he knows full well that you will fail. Carry on like this and come 2025 Chakwera will claim that he assigned the fight against corruption to you and you failed. Grow up this is elementary politics. Politics of the infant school.

Chidzukulu cha A Wazilinda
Chidzukulu cha A Wazilinda
5 months ago
Reply to  Van Der Veen

If you say Chilima should not do his job for whatever reason, then he should resign and let someone else willing to do the job take his place.

Van Der Veen
Van Der Veen
5 months ago

Chakwera is failing. Read the blog properly. Chakwera does not want to stop corruption or the looting of public funds.

Aaron
5 months ago
Reply to  Van Der Veen

Kkkkkk

Walira Matope
Walira Matope
5 months ago

Chilima, a Malawi version of Julius Malema

Linthipi.
Linthipi.
5 months ago
Reply to  Walira Matope

Chilima a Malawian version of a political who see no way to power as he is busy being set up for blame.

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